I work for a company that specialise in sourcing new and innovation products and services for the wedding industry. I have the enviable job of travelling all around the world in search of such products. I do take the time out while Im in countries I have never been to to check out the local sights and sounds. A few years ago, someone asked me that “If you love travelling so much, why don’t you travel full-time and why do you still have a desk job?” I replied “I enjoy the balance of working in my office and then travelling a few times every year. I love working with my team; brainstorming sessions and the camaraderie of working with talented people.” But she was not convinced. I couldn’t understand why especially when I considered the fact that she herself worked in an office ran a travel-related publication sitting at her desk.
Most people who love travelling assume that by quitting their day job, get on the unpredictable road to wherever, is somehow a glamorous lifestyle as all of the online articles boast it is. But the truth is far less glamorous. Off course, there are many writers or bloggers who have been able to travel full time and very successfully at that. They deserve our respect simply because ‘this shit aint easy’. However, the reality of this lifestyle is very different from what you might be imagining.
If being passionate about travelling is all it took to hop on to the next plane to see the world, then we would have everyone doing it. But the reality is, they don’t. And there are many good reasons for that. The unfortunate truth is that people stay in their mindless, soul sucking jobs because they have responsibilities like feeding their families, paying off a mortgage and the list goes on. They have huge debts and many responsibilities that stop them from doing it. Responsibilities are not the only thing stopping many. It’s their health too. A travelling lifestyle requires you to be away from home for many months at a time and sometimes you are in remote areas away from medical care.
I do not intend to discourage anyone from leaving their cubicles for greener grass or high snowy peaks. However, before you do anything, you have to manage your expectations and above all else, have a plan! Always be prepared for the many experiences you will no doubt have. Find a way to be financially independent and secure. I have heard of many travel bloggers who have managed to travel for months very successfully and at the end of it all, do not return to their desk jobs. But by crossing many obstacles in their way to get where they have, for most it wasn’t a tough road. However, they coped with a lot before they became successful as they are.
But, for those of you who love to travel or want to leave their life behind to chase their dreams and fantasies, just make up your mind and do it. But just remember these few things: while it is very tempting to set sail on this endless journey, it comes with some hard times but, embrace it, over come it and be ready for anything.